¿Cuál es la injusticia que estamos intentando resolver?
Adolescent girls lack of education and their early marriages
Nuestra Idea Compasiva
Para resolver la injusticia de Lack of menstruation knowledge and education in adolescent girls.
Abordaremos Lack of menstruation knowledge, sexual and health reproductive knowledge; lack of sanitation protection and towels which affects girls.
A través de Providing education in menstruation, sexual and health reproductive; providing reusable sanitary towels to 200 girls in Gatundu. The education will take place every Saturday from 10a.m -12p.m. for 8 Saturdays.
- Ensure all girls attain quality education.
- Ensure girls have freedom of choice in regards to when & who to marry in their lives.
- Ensure every girl in Gatundu has access to proper sanitation protection and towels.
Aumentaremos mi / nuestra compasión por medio de...
Educating girls in matters concerning menstruation, sexual and reproductive health, enlighten the girls on their rights and offer guidance on where/how to seek legal assistance. Also, we will be providing reusable sanitary towels.
¿Cómo mostrarás coraje (valentía)?
We have identified some girls who are not in school due to lack of menstrual kits; we will visit their homes and donate sanitary towels and ensure they report back to school. Also, there are some girls who have not been going to school for some time and there is high possibility of them getting married; We will talk to them about the benefits of quality education and challenges to face in early marriages our focus being to have them back in school.
¿Cómo colaborarán con otros/as?
The school headteachers will provide us with the records of girls who stopped going to school. The Gatundu market women will help in visiting the girls at home and offering advice. We will also be in collaboration with girls who were married off at an early age to talk to these girls of the challenges they face in their lives.
¿Cómo sabrás que te estás moviendo en la dirección correcta? (¿Cuáles son las formas específicas en que puedes medir tu impacto?)
We will work closely with teachers and compare past records of school attendance of girls in menstruating age with those during and after project. We will also get report from Gatundu Market women(mothers) of the families view about girl child education and marriage. We will also work with church leaders to help us educate parents on importance of quality education, menstruation, sexual and reproductive health education for them to allow their girls attend Saturday sessions.
- Visit the girls not attending school at home.
- Talk to them to join the others and continue their education.
- Provide sanitary towels to girls both at home and school.
- Make all aware of free menstruation, sexual and reproductive health education at Gatundu safe space every Saturday.
- We will have the announcements in churches to ensure parents allow their girls attend.
- Have open forums after every 3 Saturdays to have the girls talk about the project impact in their lives.
¿Cómo profundizó el proyecto la comprensión de la injusticia en tu equipo?
We came to learn that boys like girls are highly affected by hygiene issues and require much attention. There is need to cater boy children who feel neglected as the girls are always visited in school and presented with gifts(sanitary towels).
¿Cómo cambió tu comunidad como resultado de tu proyecto?
Our team leaders were saddened to learn from the boys that they too would love to be taught on how to take care of their bodies and be gifted with underpants as some only have one for wearing during special occasions.
¿Cuántas personas fueron impactadas por tu proyecto?
Explica cómo alcanzaste este número de participantes o el número de personas impactadas por el proyecto:
We had scheduled reaching 200 girls who turned up well later during project implementation; we included around 175 boys from various regions who were invited by their sisters for open forum.
¿De qué manera aprendió más tu equipo sobre las personas afectadas por la injusticia?
After every session we usually had an open forum and we even had a mixed forum which bore a lot. We listened to our girls who suggested their brothers to be considered as they were having trouble at homes and schools as boys are not observing hygiene measures.
¿Qué aprendió tu equipo?
We learnt that as boys seem to hard and lack feelings, they usually feel left out every time a group visit their sisters at schools and give pants and sanitary towels. Some opened up and told us they usually have one underpants which is to be worn on special occasions. While others have to share these underclothes with their male siblings.
¿Qué desafíos superó tu equipo?
We were faced by challenges of high turn-ups which exceeded the resources we had but we have maintained contact with the wonderful girls and boys all of us hoping that in future we will have enough sanitary towels and male undergarments to ensure they have enough supply.
¿Cómo involucraste a otros en el diseño, la realización o la expansión de este proyecto?
We have reached out to churches and community members to contribute towards purchase of some sanitary pads and male undergarments; although it is slow we are sure we will make a change no matter how small.
¿Qué consejo le darías a alguien que inicia un proyecto de paz?
Never fear to start a project which you think will be of great impact no matter how little what you have is, there are many others who have the same idea in mind but fear to start. Become their staring point.
Organizing committee meetingGatundu safe space project kicks off on 16th of March,2019. We have planned everything but we had to hold a meeting on 9th to ensure everything is in order. From the social hall bookings, brochure printing, banners and participants awareness. It is a project we look forward to starting this Saturday as it will greatly bring change to girl children lives.
visiting girlsToday we visited some girls who will be participating in the menstruation education.
They will be leading girls who are currently not going to school, ensuring they attend sessions every Saturday.
Also, one of the team leaders had a one on one with little girls who are yet to start menstruation but require the knowledge for preparation.
little girls eager to join the educationSharon a team leader had a one on one with some little girls who wish to be included.
Girls were happy about the visitThe girls who we approached are excited and looking forward to the education to take place
girl leadersThese girls will be helping in gathering the others during sessions
leaders meetingWe had a 1 hour session with the lead team on Saturday. Our main agenda being the education which offially starts coming Saturday. We have everything in order for successful launching. Watch these space for wonderful news on Saturday.
Hygiene Education EventWe carried out hygiene education led by Sister Caroline, a nurse in Gatundu hospital. Schools have closed and we have more girls than we anticipated. We also had high school girls who made it very lively with the discussions. They had their comments and ideas which we had not included in our program.
The education happened on Friday and completed on Saturday. We took into consideration the girls idea of including boys in the program especially the hygiene. They say they have brothers at home who never shower for they believe that is for girls only. Also, a saying in our country' Mwanaume ni jasho' (a man is defined by his sweaty smell) is encouraging the boys to ignore hygiene. Watch this space for more exciting videos and photos.
Menstruation Education eventGreetings,
We gathered the girls whose turn up was wonderful in Gatundu Social Hall. We had sister Carol,a nurse in Gatundu Hospital, carrying on the education session. The main isuues covered during the session were:
- Body changes expected
-How to look after the body during menstruation period
-Diet to observe during Menstruation period
We had a question session where sister Carol. I and some women answered the girls. We will continue this session coming Saturday as we still have to cover complications during menstruation and how to overcome them.
We did our last session with girls on menstruation but there have been some developments thank you to the project. As we were having our discussions the girls pointed to the fact that boys should be included in hygiene and sexual reproduction sessions.
Watch this space for coming updates as it will consist of joined session of girls and boys as we have our last topic which is Sexual and health reproduction education. I know it will be both educating and fun